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committed in neighboring sunnyvale. ed. >>> in the wake of the tragedy in newtown, president obama is demanding immediate and specific strategies to curb gun violence. and he is promising that this time washington won't just talk about it. cbs 5 reporter grace lee on his call to action. >> reporter: it is a promise and says it's divergence for this president. before the connecticut school shooting he was usually generally neutral about anything related to the second amendment. today he not only called for action, he even gave a deadline for results and he wants some answers by january. >> we may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened. we do know that every day since, more americans have died of gun violence. >> reporter: five days after the sandy hook shooting in newtown, president obama says our country needs more than gun control. we need a solution to stop the violence. that's why he is creating a new interagency task force led by vice president joe biden. >> this is not some washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issu
called real action right now to reduce gun violence after the school massacre in newtown, connecticut. he put vice president biden in charge of a government-wide effort, but gave him only until january to recommend new laws and executive orders. mr. obama pointed to assault rifles like the one used in the sandy hook attack to access to mental health care and to what he called a culture of that glorifies violence. major garrett is at the white house for us tonight. major? >> reporter: scott, gun control has never been an obama administration priority. it is now, and the clock is ticking on vice president joe biden's gun violence task force. mr. obama wants to announce new initiatives before his state of the union address in late january. >> there's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. we're going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. we're going to need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. and any actions we must take must begin inside the hom
this special with the heart wrenching interview with the father of jesse lewis who died in newtown. the man has dignity and grace. that's all for us tonigh> that's all for us tonigh> that's all for us tonight. >>> good evening, again, everyone. we're here live at the town hall in newtown, connecticut. it has become for all the wrong reasons main street usa. that may all change. plenty of news on that subject tonight with president obama laying out a plan of action today an the national rifle association planning to speak on that later this week. for now, people here are focused firmly on the moment, not each living day by day, but for the survivors, the families living hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second even. they are tending to the heart wrenching duty they have to bury the dead, and the duty we all have to remember and honor. daniel barden was just seven but called the spark of his family. always smiling. and had two front teeth missing. daniel's dad is a musician, and daniel followed his lead by playing the drums in a mini band he formed with his older brother and sister. his f
community of newtown, connecticut, mourned the young teacher who died trying to protect her first grade class, while school districts across the country are now beefing up security. in the wake of this tragedy, schools nationwide are grappling with the difficult questions about keeping their students safe, including the debate over arming teachers with guns. here's alex perez. >> reporter: she came face to face with unthinkable horror and fought to save her first graders. laid to rest today, 27-year-old sandy hook teacher vicki soto. those remembers her we're green ribb ribbons, her favorite color. her sister jillian, already know what the world is remembering, saying you have been a hero to me for a lot longer than five days. you've been my big sister, the one i've always looked up to. among the mourners, family friend musician paul simon who performed "the sound of silence." soto did everything she could to keep her school family safe and worried teachers across the country are desperately working to make sure another sandy hook never happens again. at middleton elementary in chicago,
's all for us tonight. >>> piers, thanks very much. we are once again in the old town hall in newtown connecticut. it's become for all the wrong reasons, main street usa. that may change. plenty of news on that subject tonight with president obama laying out a plan of action today and the nra planning to speak on that later this week. for now, though, fell of this town are focusing on the moment. they're not even focusing on the day but minute by minute. they are tending to the sadly duty they have to bury the dead and to remember and to honor. daniel barden was always smiling and had two front teeth missing. which his parents say he earned in his fearless pursuit of fun and happiness. his dad was a musician and he followed his lead by playing the drums. his family described him as a thoughtful and affectionate boy. whenever he noticed kids sitting alone in the runch room at school, he would join them. in an interview, his dad remembers teaching him to play "jingle bells" on the way to school. >> we held hands on the way to the bus. and that was our last morning together. he did get u
of the victims of newtown. i commend you to watch the interview we have tomorrow. the man has dignity and grace. that's all for us tonight. we are once again in the old town hall in newtown connecticut. it's become for all the wrong reasons, main street usa. that may change. may yet become the road to a new consensus on preventing the next deadly outbreak of gun violence. plenty of news on that subject tonight with president obama laying out a plan of action today and the nra planning to speak on that later this week. for now, though, fell of this -- people focus onned on the moment. not living day by day, but for the families living in some case, hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second even. they are tending to the sadly duty they have to bury the dead and to the duty we all have to honor and to remember. daniel barden was just 7, always smiling, had two front teeth missing, which his parents say he earned in his fearless pursuit of fun and happiness. his dad was a musician and he followed his lead by playing the drums. in a mini band he forms with his older brother and sister. his fa
in newtown, connecticut. it has become for all the wrong reasons main street usa. that may all change. plenty of news on that subject tonight with president obama laying out a plan of action today and the nra planning to speak on that later this week. for now, people living for the moment. for the families living hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second even. they aare tending to the sadly duty they have to bury the dead and to remember and to honor. daniel barden was always smiling and had two front teeth missing. his dad was a musician and he followed his lead by playing the drums. his family described him as a thoughtful boy when he noticeded kids sitting alone in the lunchroom in school he would join him. in an interview, his dad remembers teaching him to play "jingle bells" on the way to school >> we held hands on the way to the bus. and that was our last morning together. he did get up early that morning and ran down the driveway so he could kiss his brother good-bye in his pajamas. it was 22 degrees. he was exception aexceptional. >> his family says he was a cob stant source of
us a preview of what his priorities will be. >>> in other news, including the newtown school massacre, the cycle of funerals and grief sends endless. three more children and three teachers were laid to rest today, including the principal, dawn hochsprung. and one more burial we're learning more about, adam lanza's first victim. deborah fay rec deborah feyerick is monitoring that. >> reporter: nancy lanza was lay i had to rest today. the chief of police, a close friend of the family, grew up with nancy and her brother who was on the police force, the chief is telling us that in fact there was a private service for family only. they didn't even invite friends. it was a very small service at an undisclosed location. she was buried. in fact, adam was not buried with her. that's still in discussion. if that happens, if he joins his mother at some point, it's not going to be for many months. but the mother, as you say, his first victim, she was buried today. this is the home where she died. shot four times in the head by her son. this, wolf, came after she had been away for three days. when
elementary school in newtown, connecticut, takes priority with me and makes this so-called fiscal cliff look like a mole hill. we are at odds are around here about money while all around us, unnecessary gods are proliferating in communities across our nation, and mental need -- mental health needs are not being met, in helping our society to crumble while we are sitting here mumbling around about whether or not we are going to hold hands and jump off a fiscal cliff, as serious as that is, and the consequences would be for a number of things. not only are we talking about america, we are talking about the world when we fail to do things we need to do. but for the moment, the issue of the day has to do with an adequate discussion on talks of the american people about just what we need to do regarding this measure. we cannot do everything, and i know that. we cannot stop evil and violence by educating everything, but in my judgment we can and we must do something. failure to do that is a helluva lot more important to me than whether the president and john boehner jump off a fiscal cliff. >> it
newtown, connecticut, later today, as more shooting victims are laid to rest. >> also, the president is taking the first steps in a major effort to prevent such tragedies from ever happening again. abc's mark greenblatt joins us live, now, from newtown, with more. hi, mark. >> reporter: good morning, rob and sunny. sadly, we're expecting more funeral processions to be going up and down the road behind me today. and the president is endorsing sweeping, new gun restrictions. ♪ amazing grace >> reporter: tears flowed freely and neighboring communities came together for a tribute to newtown. >> benjamin, one of the greatest. abigail, one of the greatest. >> reporter: funeral processions seemed to spread across connecticut for the shooting victims, both children and adults. more than 100 firefighters honored young daniel barden, who wanted to grow up to be one of them. >> these young kids to have their lives taken so early. >> reporter: mourners paid respect to dawn hochsprung. and victoria soto was laid to rest. >> i think any teacher would do what she did. not blink and do whatever ha
's the task force president obama commissioned in the wake of the newtown tragedy. vice president joe biden will hold his first official meeting today. the group will develop proposals aimed at reducing gun violence in the united states and must put together a set of recommendations by january. cabinet members joining biden on the panel include attorney general eric holder and education secretary arne duncan, homeland security janet napolitano and health and human services katherine seen liss. the brady campaign to prevent gun violence says it will continue pressing the issue. the group is out with a new public service announcement saying we're better than this. >> we're better than a nation with mass shooting. >> we're better than 32 more gun murders every day. >> we are better than the nation that allows convicted felons or people who are dangerously mentally ill to go to gun shows. >> to go on the internet and buy as many guns as they want without any background check. >> the psa is part of an overall campaign that will feat
eric holder is heading to newtown this afternoon he with will meet with first responders and law enforcement officials after he meets vice president biden who today is embarking on his new mission to reduce gun violence. memorial of flowers, candles and signs continues to grow in newton, not the most vivid reminder. that is the continuous procession of hearses driven through town hour after hour, day after day. the mother nancy lanza will not be buried in newtown her arrangements are being made out of state. cnn is reporting the day before she died she return from a luxury resort in new hampshire. friends tell cnn in recent years nancy felt comfortable leaving adam home alone. home is where he phone the weapons he would use to kill his mother, 20 elementary school children and six teachers and faculty. vice presidented by charged with finding solutions to gun violence today he seeks input from law enforcement officials from afternoon the country. a new group is advocating for what it calls sensible gun legislation. >> we have 20 children trying to point us the way if we don't fol
to newtown this afternoon he with will meet with first responders and law enforcement officials after he meets with vice president biden who today is embarking on his new mission to reduce gun violence. memorial of flowers, candles and signs continues to grow in newton, not the most vivid reminder. that is the continuous procession of hearses driven through town hour after hour, day after day. the mother nancy lanza will not be buried in newtown her arrangements are being made out of state. cnn is reporting the day before she died she return from a luxury resort in new hampshire. friends tell cnn in recent years nancy felt comfortable leaving adam home alone. home is where he phone the weapons he would use to kill his mother, 20 elementary school children and six teachers and faculty. vice presidented by charged with finding solutions to gun violence today he seeks input from law enforcement officials from afternoon the country. a new group is advocating for what it calls sensible gun legislation. >> we have 20 children trying to point us the way if we don't follow lead we have failed th
teachers to carry concealed weapons and the law has been tested, but after newtown, anything seems possible. cnn, samt lake city. >> we continue right now with brooke baldwin. >> thank you. i'm brooke baldwin. a lot to get to including the standoff over your taxes. here's what we are hearing now. there could be a vote on john boehner's fiscal cliff plan as early as this evening. this of course is president obama's threatening to veto that. we will have more for you from capitol hill and also the man expected to be the next secretary of state is the one questioning the department he could soon take over. that is happening today all in a moment. first, we begin with the blizzard blowing out of the heardland. they are putting a freeze on the rush to get home for the holidays. take a look. this is a very, very big storm. a volatile storm and now a deadly storm. you have rain out front and heavy blowy snow extending right now from missouri to michigan and i want you to look at the pictures with me. this is why you need to think twice about driving in this. should you be in the path of the storm,
, soledad. blizzard warnings in the north and tornado threats in the south. >>> will the response to newtown be different if the shooter was not white? >>> one movie uniting both sides of the political aisle but why senators are speaking out against "zero dark 30." >>> take a page from the '80s rem song -- ♪ it could be the end of the world as we know it ♪ and some people are getting ready for the worst. >> i'm not planning on the world going away. that sucks. however, i'm a realist. i'm not going to put my head in the sand. >> oh, geez, not everyone is buying into that mayan prophecy. most everyone is not. some people are profiting from it, though. "newsroom" starts now. good morning to you. thank you for being with us. i'm coral costello. in f your holiday plans include traveling through the part of the country, buckle up. blizzard warnings from iowa to wisconsin, the massive storm dumped more than a foot of snow in the rockies and for the eastern half of the country be warned. it is heading your way. winter starts tomorrow but in the heartland it's already arrived with a vengeance. bl
, and house minority leader nancy pelosi. >> the tragedy in newtown struck the hearts of every american. we have to respond. >> whoever says this is not the right time, say this. when is the right time? >> so issue is front and center. the news conference will tell us about the nature of the debate. >> thank you, mark. sandy hook students will not return to school until 2013. they wail tend classes in an unused middle school in monroe. that school hzn't been used since june, 2011. crews and workers have been making% g< safe for their return. the school will be run by donna page, a retired sandy hook principal. the rft of the students return to class yesterday. parents say at this point they just want to try to return to normalcy. >> i just naturally would love to keep my kids in a bubble. you can't live that way. >> connecticut lead medical examiner wants to look into the dna of adam lanza and asked wants to determine if there are identifiable diseases associated with this violent debehaifor autos school buses are back on the streets in newtown, connecticut. there are also funeral processio
: this heartbreaking season continues in newtown. this season of funerals. as the country struggles to make sense of the horror, there's a voice you should hear. >> i know what it's like. it's the worst day of their life. it's chaotic. it's hopeless. [ sirens blaring ] >> reporter: colin knows what it's like to be in a classroom when an armed madman bursts in and starts shooting people. colin was a student at virginia tech. >> it was the most terrifying nine and a half minutes of my entire life. >> reporter: he was hit by four bullets. three of them are still in him. weeks after the shooting, he recalled those moments. >> the shooter came inside, and we were all on the ground, not moving, not making a scene at all. just lying there, acting -- playing dead, almost every one of us. yeah, it's been a little messy. >> reporter: colin's journey of recovery from that moment lying on the classroom floor bleeding to now, the rehab, the psychological therapy, the search for answers and meaning it's all led him to this. >> we are better than this. we are better than a nation with mass shootings in movie th
in newtown, 26 innocent adults and children gunned down at an elementary school. today at the white house the president says he has now asked the vice president, joe biden to lead an effort to come up with real proposals for reducing gun violence. and he said he wants those proposals by next month. >> this is not some washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and pushed aside. this a team that has a very specific task, to pull together real reforms, right now. >> shepard: the president said the second amendment does guarantee an individual's right to bear arms. he believes the vast majority of gun owners in america are responsible. >> i am also betting that the majority the vast majority of law abiding gun owners would be the first to say that we should be able to keep a few law breaking. >> shepard: specifically the president is hinting at military style assault weapons and high ammunition clips. most americans support background checks before all gun purchases involving those private
, of course, is studying the solutions more urgently than newtown, connecticut, where today, four more of the victims were laid to rest. and we learned that someone is coming out of retirement to help. a woman who knows the children of sandy hook and has agreed to return so that they can heal. abc's linsey davis tells us about her. >> reporter: today, some of the students of sandy hook elementary visited their new school for the first time. police officers showed them their new classrooms and desks, meticulously arranged to resemble the ones they left behind. they also met with their new principal, donna page, a familiar face. she was sandy hook's principal for 14 years, retiring in 2010 and returning now to fill the void left when her successor was slain. but as the community tries to move forward, four more funerals today. more than 200 firefighters, many from new york city, stood at attention outside the service for daniel barden, the 7-year-old who wanted to grow up to be one of them. >> as a firefighter, even more as a parent, it's just -- it's very upsetting that, you know, these
maureen kelly about the massacre in newtown and the renewed push for stricter country. >> i was sitting in the office on california street and they said that there is somebody on a 34 with a gun and he is shooting. my secretary warned me. >>reporter: sheldon siegal worked at the law firm targeted by the gunman .and lost many friends and collegues that day. he says the massacre at sandy hook elementary brings up those painful memories from nearly 20 years ago. >> what is disappointing to me is we are 20 years removed and it is still happening. and it is happening more frequently now and it is seen to be accepting. as the regular course of events and that is a huge failure! >>reporter: after the incident at 101 california sheldon and other survivors formed the law center to prevent gun violence. tuesday they wrote this letter to the president obama urging stronger gun control lawsincluding the reinstatment of the federal ban on assault weapons. >> i have been in a building that was under attack if that ever happens again i hope that there is less of a chance for a person that might knock
-old lanza last week shot 20 children and 6 adults at a school in newtown, connecticut. he also killed his mother that morning and then, ultimately, turned the gun on himself as police moved in. we are also hearing that attorney general eric holder will travel to connecticut tomorrow to meet with investigators as we get reports that police are running into brick walls in their search for a motive. just ahead, world-renowned forensic pathologist michael baden who was part of the reinvestigation of the jfk assassination just to name one -- he gave testimony at the murder trial of o.j. simpson -- he'll be here live to talk about why a geneticist has joined this case and what he could possibly do. >>> well, yesterday hundreds of mourners paid their respects to one of the heroes in the newtown shooting. the principal of the school,down hochsprung. when adam lanza burst into her school last week, some hid, understandably, but we are told that dawn lunged at the gunman and quickly notified those coming out behind her there was a shooter on the premises. she was one of the first people killed. out
people, there would be fewer atrocities in places like newtown. since friday morning an officer was gunned down, leaving four children without their mother. >> two officers were killed outside a grocery store outside topeka. >> a woman was shot and killed inside a las vegas casino. three people were shot inside an alabama hospital. a 4-year-old of the caught in a drive-by in missouri. taken off life support just yesterday. >> my 4-year-old baby. >> at least 10,000 americans murdered with guns every year. president obama said it is time for real reform right now. i talked to victims and family members, gun owners, also new york mayor and christiane amanpour and deepak chopra. they're all here. enough is nuenough. we want to hear from you too. >> good evening, this is our version of a town hall. a big conversation about guns in america. people on both sides of what very well may be the most important issue in this country. take a look at these people. they have all been touched in gun violence in some way. you can pose questions and join the conversation and the debate. have a vie
: tears flowed freely neighboring communities came together for a tribute to newtown. >> benjamin, one of the greatest in heaven. >> reporter: funeral processions seeped to spread across connecticut, children and adults. more than 100 firefighters honored young daniel who wanted to grow up to be one of them. >> very upsetting that these young kids had their lives taken so early. >> reporter: mourners paid respect to sandy hook principal and teacher soto. >> i think any teacher what do what she did and not blink and just do whatever had to be done to protect those children. >> reporter: rebirth of sorts o for sandy hook students some got first look at new classrooms on loanhá from a neighboring town the principal taking the helm here will come out of retirement as a former sandy hook principal. in washington president obama issued resounding call to action. >> the president: this is not some washington commission. >> reporter: the president announced powerful team of cabinet members now have the new task of creating immediate reforms to prevent more shootings. vice president biden is w
or bright vests so those in charge can be clearly identified. i'm mark sayre, cbs 5. >> in newtown, connecticut, four more victims of the elementary school shooting were laid to rest today. cbs reporter randall pinkston shows us how firefighters paid tribute to a boy who wanted to grow up to be like them. >> reporter: hundreds of firefighters formed a long line outside a church in newtown, connecticut, for the funeral of daniel barden. the 7-year-old wanted to grow up to be a firefighter. his was one of three funerals from the shook shook shooting. caroline previdi and charlotte bacon were also laid to rest. bagpipes also played for 27- year-old teacher victoria soto, as mourners packed a church in nearby stratford for her funeral. soto has been hailed as a hero for shielding her students from the gunman. >> she gave her life for those kids. it's it breaks my heart. >> reporter: connecticut's governor has declared friday a day of mourning asking houses of worship to ring their bells 26 times at 9:30 a.m. one time for each victim of the sandy hook shooting marking one week since the
. it's the brew that blew in newtown, connecticut. is there something we can do? the fiscal cliff, the president says we're so close, it makes no sense to fail. well, let's see tonight. how close is close and whether or not the grown ups can bring this to a healthy conclusion. and back to benghazi, there's reports in the state department here that christopher stevens didn't have the protection as people asked for. did they ask enough? can they keep asking? the report says no. but what if they had? would they have gotten the reinforcements? or would the c.i.a. say they didn't want their cover blown. >> this time, the words need to lead to action. we know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply in our passions and political divides. we're going to need to work on access to mental health care. we're going to need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. >> i come to really respect you and the other governors and governor rendell because i watched it during sandy and i watched it during what happened up in newtown. they have to take care of t
will do the most to prevent another tragedy like newtown, compare that to a little more than a quarter of us who think that stricter gun cell laws will do that joining us is scott rasmussen from rasmussen reports who conducted that poll. i'm surprised, i would have thought that with all of this talk about got to get rid of assault weapons, that would be the number one choice of prevention by most americans, but that's not the case. tell us about it. >> yeah, first of all, 86% do think that we need to do more to identify and treatment mental illnesses and part that have comes from the fact that we look at an incident like this and your reaction is nobody in their right mind could have done it, there's a problem there. 49% seem to think we need to eliminate violence on movies and video games. and those that want gun support laws that's the highest measure, two points higher than the horror at virginia tech five years ago, if you put it together. people want to see something done. they are frustrated, but at the same time, they're pretty pragmatic, only 20% believe it's possible to preven
that was yesterday. the president promising to follow up on what he talked about at the service in newtown after that shooting tragedy. there have been so many questions what we could do to prevent it from happening again. president obama says he wants concrete proposals on his desk that address gun violence and also we would imagine mental health issues as well as soon as possible. he says january is the deadline. so we'll be watching it very closely to see if the deadline is met. will he get anywhere with it? doug schoen, joins me with former advisor to president bill clinton and monica crowley, radio talk show host and both fox news contributors. good morning to both of you. monica, one of the big issues any in legislation or getting proposals passed will be the nra and whether or not they have changed their stance at all and whether they will support republican and democrat members who have been in. ra supporters. will they be supportive of them in voting for this kind of legislation if it gets there? >> i think it depends what the legislation ends up being, march that. the president gave a
. >> in light of the tragedy in newtown there's a new push from the white house about gun control measures. would you be open in 2013 to allowing gun control measures on the house floor? >> we join the president in mourning the victims of that horrible tragedy in connecticut. he has appointed vice president joe biden to lead a commission, the vice president's recommendations come forward we will take into consideration but at this point i think our hearts and souls should be thinking about those victims in this horrible tragedy. >> a vote on the house floor -- >> we will look at vice president biden's recommendation then taken under advisement. >> your own description of their offer and you often 1:1 balance, only $450 billion apart, the president has said senate democrats say you are close, why can't you split the difference and get a deal done? >> the real issue is we all know is spending. you go for through all of these discussions i don't think the white house has gotten serious about the big spending problem our country faces. when we were down at the white house just days after the e
that newtown we the price of the second amendment. >> oh okay. >> stephanie: from anti-feminist charlotte allen suggesting the reason the shooter was able to kill so many students was because nowtown was fenen-ized institution. the principal seemed to perform bravely -- seemed to? >> god. >> stephanie: according to reports she activated the notification center. in general a -- >> you can stop a bullet -- wait a minute. i was a husky 12 year old. i wouldn't be rushing anybody with a gun. i'm sorry. >> and if you play football you still can't stop a freaking bullet. >> stephanie: is there a parent in the world this would tell their 12 year old, by the way if this happens be sure and rush at the shooter. >> yeah. >> stephanie: lots of people want to get in on this. glen in wisconsin, you are on the "stephanie miller show." >> caller: hi, i wanted to wish you guys a merry christmas and happy new year. >> stephanie: thank you. >> caller: and all of these morons that think that teachers should be armed. i think the very reason we don't want them armed is because they have
as a hero for hiding her kids in the clos eds. newtown high school girls basketball team, the defending state l.l. champions had their first home game since the shooting. they beat rival, mass hook, 64-44, but there were a lot of empty seats because a lot of folks are not ready to go to a basketball game in the wake of all of these shootings. >> greta: thank you. systemic failures at the state department, blamed for the four murders in libya. there will be new testimony tomorrow on benghazi. but senator john mccain says the report doesn't answerul -- answer all of his questions. you have seen -- i have seen the unclassified version. have you seened classified version? >> it is not very different than the unclassified version, all the basic facts are there. there are additional facts about access to some classified sources and stuff. but basically, that's it. >> greta: are you satisfied we have learned anything from this report? because frankly, the conclusion that we have lax security, i think finding 10 people dying on our consulate is a good sign that the security is lax. we don't nee
bring to this debate personal experience. the tragedy in newtown, connecticut, struck a chord with americans. we have to respond. it is confiscated and hard, but we can get the job done to calibrate legislation that really is effective. love animals and music and those who mourn the lives of their teachers, principal of the school. and we have been ensuring the safety of our schools and neighborhoods and to build future of safety for all americans. with that, i'm very pleased to introduced introduced this inspiration to the nation. >> thank you, leader closely. i want to thank my colleagues. we have been here before. we have been here before. but this time, the time is different. i want to thank you for the coverage that you have given the rest of the country to read the stories that have been going on in newtown, connecticut. all too often we see these mass killings. we mourn for those who have died in the past. yet, all of our lives go on. this time it is different. we all know it. .. abbas has been great before christmas and my son was fighting for his life in icu on chris
to the people of coolences to newtown, connecticut. last week an unspeakable act off people killed 20 innocentdren children and six amazing adultsl change int our country and thehk committee around sandy hook elementary school for ever. as a nation we continue to stanr by the people of newtown and let them up in our prayers and i now yield to my friend, congressman andrews for any comments you may have. >> good morning, chairman, and defer beginning our gathering with the appropriate memorial to those who suffered such a loss in connecticut, and across the country. this is the committee on education and labor. and the idea that such an act of pure unadulterated evil could take place in a school in this country is not something we can easily -- suffice it to say that there is unanimous feeling i know on this committee that our hearts and prayers go out to all those afflicted by this unspeakable loss. there is a higher purpose inpurn life than politics, is lovingli, chilchildren. and extending that love to those who suffered from thisdr is something i am certainly would join you in with
funerals today. attorney general eric holder is traveling to newtown to meet with local law enforcement. that will happen later this afternoon. a scathing report that falsifies state leaders for an adequate security at the attack of the u.s. consulate in benghazi. a memorial service is being held for the late u.s. senator inside the u.s. capitol building today. the beloved senator from hawaii was the second longest senator in u.s. history. back to connell. connell: breaking news out of washington right now. eric cantor just roughed up some comments. there he is. they just roughed up a few moments ago from capitol hill. on the boat tonight that is expected on the plan b -- cantor saying they just wrapped up. i believe two days after christmas, they will be back to talk about this. also another breaking political story. the mayor of newark, new jersey, cory booker is going to run for senate. he will run for senate in new jersey in 2014. why is that important, well, there has been a lot of speculation that he may run for mayor and take on governor chris christie and new jersey. okay. now,
the chairman of the rules committee. . mr. speaker, when i mention hurricane sandy and the tragedy in newtown, connecticut, many wonder what do they have in common? gun tragedy, the loss of 26 lives, and americans suffering from a devastating storm, certainly our hearts goes out to those babies who were lost. but it really speaks to americans in need, and i guess that's why i'm so troubled to be on the floor today, because the framework that we have says to america that when you're in need we will not as this congress and this government be prepared to help you. i think what is disappointing and i know for the speaker, it is probably the same case as i am speaking because just about three days ago we thought there was a deal between the white house and the framework that was offered and the leadership of this house. it's disappointing that in the course of a couple days we've come to a situation where this plan, plan b, raises only about $300 billion from high-income households and the centers for budget priorities suggest that millionaires will get $108,500 per $1 million, over $1 million in
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